Not sure what the NFL had planned for the Thursday Night Football finale, but I’m not so sure what they were thinking with Jets-Ravens. Sure, the Ravens have come relatively out of nowhere to lead the AFC, while the Jets have underperformed, but are ending the season on a high note. New York has won four of five games, while Baltimore has a shot to clinch the AFC North with a win.
Game Time/TV channel/Streaming
Texans-Bucs is a 1:00 p.m. ET start time, so inactives will drop at 11:30 a.m. ET. The game will be televised exclusively on NFL Network and can be streamed on the NFL’s applications and Yahoo! Sports.
Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice
The Ravens have one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL thanks to Lamar Jackson and his legs. But let’s not discount his arm. Jackson has been a beast in the red zone with 15 passing TDs over the past six games. The Ravens’ offense averages 28.1 points per game at home and the Jets’ defense hasn’t played a real opponent since the Patriots back on Oct. 21. I think this is a game in which Baltimore will lean on the run game and defense, controlling the clock and coasting to a win. Jackson, Mark Ingram and even Gus Edwards all are appealing.
Strong start: QB Lamar Jackson, RB Mark Ingram, D/ST Ravens, TE Mark Andrews (if healthy), K Justin Tucker
Decent start: RB Le’Veon Bell (if healthy), WR Robby Anderson, RB Bilal Powell (if Bell is out), WR Marquise Brown, WR Willie Snead, RB Gus Edwards, TE Hayden Hurst (if Andrews is out)
Sit: WR Jamison Crowder, Jets D/ST, TE Ryan Griffin, QB Sam Darnold, WR Demaryius Thomas
Pick against the spread
So the spread right now on DraftKings Sportsbook is Ravens -14.5, which is pretty steep for any matchup. The Jets have been playing better football and the TNF matchup is notoriously tough to gauge. This would appear like a blowout waiting to happen in favor of Baltimore, but I think this is more even than a two TD spread. Jackson popped up on the injury report with a quad ailment and it’s on a short week. I think the Ravens ultimately win pretty easily, but I fear the backdoor cover. I’ll take the points knowing full well the Jets will ruin everything and lose 45-6.
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